Five Animals Your Kids Can Create with LEGO Bricks


I know. I know. I am on break, and yet here is another post. But today’s post comes from special guest writer, Carlo Pandian. He’s a LEGO enthusiast, and he contacted me to share his compilation of five special LEGO creations that he thought would be fun to make. Check out his post! ——————– Animals come in [...]

Taking a Mid-Summer Break

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Summer vacation is half way over, but it doesn’t feel like it’s been much of a break around here. Piano Man’s been a busy bee, soaking up much of the summer’s rays and cool summer breezes (unlike the painfully cold winters in Michigan). He’s taken a double dose of swim lessons, gone camping for the [...]

TRAVEL: Huntington Beach Along Lake Erie

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Before calling it quits from our overnight family camping trip, we stopped by one of Lake Erie’s beaches, Huntington Beach. Not to be confused with the salt waters of Huntington Beach in California, Lake Erie is all fresh water. We’re used to the clean fresh water beaches on Lake Michigan, so we let our kids enjoy some [...]

TRAVEL: Cleveland, Ohio Wrap-Up

Cleveland City Skyline

After three weeks, I am wrapping up our visit to Cleveland and Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Our family has learned a ton of cool things about Cleveland and camping. Ohio is the kind of state that has you noticing things. Here are some cool facts about Ohio: State Bird – Cardinal (1933) State Flower – [...]

TRAVEL: Our First Family Camping Trip at Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Ohio lake

Prof’s father is an avid fisherman. Naturally, Prof grew up camping as part of his family culture, something not in my cultural DNA. I grew up in the country, so my family didn’t see camping as a place of refuge and retreat. Perhaps that’s why my dad calls me a “city girl,” someone who enjoys basking in the [...]

Six Different Styles of Camping

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Do you enjoy spending time in the great outdoors? Communing with nature and creation in any climate situation? I’m not one for communing with mosquitos and other buzzing things, but our boys certainly enjoy spending time outside. When our family decided to go camping, I immediately thought of tent camping. However, there must be other styles [...]

TRAVEL: Fabulous Food (and Shopping) in Cleveland, OH

Cleveland Ohio Piccadilly Artisan Creamery liquid nitrogen ice cream

I can’t even begin to tell you about Cleveland’s a-w-e-s-o-m-e food scene. If West Side Market’s ethnic and fresh food scene is any indication of its excellent food quality, then you’ll be drooling over the delicious dishes shown here. The Diner on 55th Prof read about the Diner on 55th in one of our official Cleveland Tour [...]

TRAVEL: Cleveland’s Famous West Side Market

Cleveland Ohio West Side Market

Museums are fun, but sometimes you need a little variety when traveling. On our last official day, we decided to take a morning stroll to Cleveland’s oldest indoor and outdoor public market, West Side Market. But it wasn’t always called the West Side Market; it had a different name back the mid-1800s to early 1900s. Two former [...]

TRAVEL: Chagrin Falls, Home of Calvin and Hobbes & Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

Cleveland Ohio Chagrin Falls Bill Watterson Home Calvin and Hobbes

We’ve exposed our children to the arts and sciences in Cleveland, and then some military history aboard the William G. Mather Steamship. Rather than walking through another museum, we took a small detour to the town of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, the home of Bill Watterson author of the famous comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes. Thanks to Piano [...]

TRAVEL: Cleveland’s Steamship William G. Mather

Cleveland Steamship William G. Mather

Happy (U.S.) Independence Day! While many of our friends are camping, hosting a BBQ, relaxing by the beach, or enjoying their wedding anniversaries, others are remembering the day America became a nation by honoring the men and women who have served to protect America’s freedom. One could say that visiting the William G. Mather was a way [...]